When news spread that ISIS had released a video showing the last moments of American journalist James Foley, friends and colleagues began sharing their own memories, choosing to remember him through his work, tireless spirit, and broad smile.
Foley's family released a statement saying he was "an extraordinary son, brother, journalist, and person."
On his Facebook page, friends shared stories and anecdotes of their last encounters with Foley.
"Brother, your blood will not be in vain and the love that you always shared will always build this world into something better. Love you!" wrote Brazilian journalist André Liohn, who worked with Foley in Syria.
Ben C. Solomon, a journalist with the New York Times, wrote that he last saw Foley in Turkey, along the southern border with Syria:
One friend, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote, "I would never give ISIS the satisfaction of watching that video, of seeing that image of James in their hands. In my mind, he will be forever smiling, holding up another pint of beer for a friend."
Foley's videos are unflinching, often harrowingly close to the fighting on the front lines, whether he was in Syria, Libya, or Iraq.
Friends remembered that he always went one step beyond just covering the story he was assigned.
In a piece Foley wrote for GlobalPost, he described the Syrian civilians who found themselves in the crossfire. He wrote, "As Aleppo continues to deteriorate, residents are losing patience with an increasingly violent opposition."
In this video, filmed at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Foley talked about the experience of being held captive in Libya for 44 days, and what drew him to covering conflicts.
Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F
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